Author Archives: Michael Patton

About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, essayist, cartoonist, graphic artist, peace miller, new mythologist, and fledgling world citizen.... I grew up in Northwest Arkansas and have lived and worked all over the United States.... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.

basic understanding

This year, I became frustrated with media narratives… …and wondered how I could better understand our news. Don’t get me wrong: I don’t reject media narratives.  I don’t reject those one-line, two-line explanations of complex situations, presented by our major … Continue reading

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to dream the possible dream

Good group, wrong name. Recently, while doing an online search, I found a listing for “The Quixote Foundation”… Their stated mission is: “to see free people in fair societies on a healthy planet.” I praise their ambition.  I just wish … Continue reading

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extraordinary ordinary people

I say Martin Luther King, Jr. blessed all us ordinary folk… …when he chose not to join the Freedom Riders on their trip. In 1961, that multi-racial, multi-generational group boarded buses and traveled throughout the South to protest segregation. Leaving … Continue reading

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confessions of a projectionist

Who among us has not been terrorized? Who among us has not also been a terrorist? I’m talking about minor acts of terror.  Under my definition, even a petty snipe can be a terrorist act.  Even a petty snipe is … Continue reading

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remembering…

Victory.  Failure. After the battle is won The wise ruler behaves As though at a funeral. Grieving.      — from Tao Te Ching, Cloud Hands Edition Memorial Day seems to have become another holiday of celebration in my country. For years, … Continue reading

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freedom fighter

As most children do, I dreamed of being free… Finally (a century later, it seemed), I got my freedom.  At the age of eighteen, I left home and over the years, moved here and there, to one city after another, … Continue reading

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ride on!

Derivative trading, doing business in Siberia, and using bitcoin have all been dubbed “a new Wild West”. We stick that label on many risky endeavors these days.  Endeavors free of the usual restrictions–and so, frequently of dubious legality.  Nonetheless, the … Continue reading

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